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The Common Good

As I have been convalescing following surgery the past few weeks, I have become more aware of why we need to stay focused amidst so much confusion. Everyday there is another attempt to derail our President, along with new drama developing in the Middle East, Korea, and Europe. As I have been watching a lot of news reports, I realized by the end of the day all that has been accomplished is information overload. So as I quieted myself from all the noise of the day, I began to compare what I was hearing all day long, to what the Apostle Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11:

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”

God’s goal in distributing the Holy Spirit to believers is to draw them into a common fellowship where His gifts can be expressed. Without the Holy Spirit, Christianity slips into being just another religion.  

When you place the gifts of the Holy Spirit in these terms, you can see how God uses us to impact people who suffer from the effects of a confused and broken world.

Recently, I watched an interview with Frankie Schaeffer, the son of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. Now here is a man who is confused about God and is bitter about his past. His parents were instrumental in helping the Church to realize how humanism is influencing everything in modern life and how it has become the great enemy of Christianity. Frankie was exposed to the most influential Christians on earth, yet in the end he rejected what his parents taught and has become an advocate for atheism. This illustrates my point - without a meaningful relationship with the Holy Spirit, Christianity is just another religion.

2Tim 3:5 “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

Acting as if you have good character and doing kind deeds does not make you connected to God. The longer you prioritize a religion, the further away you become from the gifts and teachings of the Holy Spirit. This is why the Apostle Paul said to stay away from people like this because they will turn you into a good person, doing good things, but they will not connect you to God. This is why religion can be so dangerous because it can compromise who God is, and substitute a false understanding of the Biblical God. Religion kept me prisoner for almost 20 years, thinking I was safe in what I believed, but in reality I was living a lie by thinking I was doing right. I never knew about the God of the Bible, I only knew the god of my religion. That is what fooled me into thinking I was safe.

The common good we all share as believers is the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t talk religion; He promotes a relationship with Jesus. The Holy Spirit doesn’t dabble in speculation He secures the truth of God’s Word in our hearts.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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